Overview of the Program

 

How long will it take me to complete the program?

Your program will be individually tailored to meet your needs, taking into account the courses you have already completed as an undergraduate or graduate student. Most students typically finish the program in 12 to 24 months, with at least one academic year of full-time study. Because of the changes coming to the MCAT in 2015, we recommend that students take biochemistry and, if they have not already taken it, a psychology class. Some students may wish to remain at the University of Rochester during the “glide” year between completing coursework and MCATs and entering medical school, using this time to take advanced classes, work in laboratories or in health-related placements, and experience some of the other academic opportunities available at the University of Rochester. If you choose to take additional courses during this time, you would continue in the Post-bac program as either a full- or part-time student. The tuition for part-time students is calculated on a per-credit basis.

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What will my classes be like?

Your classes will be rigorous, challenging, and eye-opening. They are taught by full-time faculty who do not separate their love of teaching from their love for research. You will take your classes with our full-time undergraduates; occasional labs and recitation sections are created specifically for post-baccalaureate students. Most medical schools require their applicants to have a full year of biology, chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry with labs; many programs also require a year of calculus (and a year of English). Your science courses will be accompanied by laboratory sections, and in many cases by a recitation section as well. Some courses offer concurrent workshops that have proven to be highly effective in supporting student success.

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What is the schedule like?

Sample schedules for students who have completed calculus:

Sample schedule for students without calculus:


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What other courses are available?

We offer a wide range of courses and can accommodate students preparing for a variety of health professions. We will work with you to tailor a program to meet your particular needs.

Some courses that our students have found especially helpful are:

BCS 110 Neural Foundations of Behavior
Instructor: A. Hinds
Description: Introduces the structure and organization of the brain, and its role in perception, movement, thinking, and other behavior. Topics include the brain as a special kind of computer, localization of function, effects of brain damage and disorders, differences between human and animal brains, sex differences, perception and control of movement, sleep, regulation of body states and emotions, and development and aging.
Offered: Fall, Summer
BCS 111 Foundations of Cognitive Science
Instructor: Gregg-Harrison
Description: Introduces the organization of mental processes underlying cognition and behavior. Topics include perception, language, learning, memory, and intelligence. This course integrates knowledge of cognition generated from the field of cognitive psychology with findings from artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience.
Offered: Fall, Spring
BIO 200 Lectures in Anatomy
Instructor: D. McNabney
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 111, or permission of instructor
Description: This course focuses on the structure of the mammalian body. The goal of the course is to provide a general background in anatomy. Lecture will focus on humans as the model system with some comparison to other mammalian systems.
Offered: Spring
BIO 203 Mammalian Anatomy
Instructor: D. McNabney
Prerequisites: BIO 110 and 111, or permission of instructor
Description: This course focuses on the structure of the mammalian body. The goal of the course is to provide a general background in anatomy. Lecture will focus on humans as the model system with some comparison to other mammalian systems. Laboratories will focus on dissection of non-human mammals.
Offered: Spring
BIO 258 Human Anatomy
Instructor: B. Davis
Restrictions: Instructor’s permission required
Course Work: The course includes both lectures and laboratory sessions, and provides a basis for further professional and clinical experience.
Prerequisites: BIO 110 or equivalent
Description: The detailed study of the human organism at the cellular, tissue and organ systems levels. The relationship between structure and function is covered with emphasis on structural relationships.
Offered: Spring
PH 103 Concepts of Epidemiology
Instructor: E. Van Wijngaarden
Description: Fundamental concepts underlying health-related information and health policy. Basic methodological principles used to describe disease occurrence in populations and identify causes of disease.
Offered: Fall

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When do I take the MCAT exam? When do I apply to medical school?

The answer depends in part upon when you begin your Post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Rochester, and in part based upon when you feel comfortably prepared for the exam. Most students will take the exam in July or August, after they have finished their coursework. MCAT scores generally take about a month to arrive. The medical school application process takes place in several stages. In the spring semester, you begin collecting letters of recommendation and write an initial draft of your medical school essay. During the summer, you revise your essay, prepare for the MCAT, and (in some cases) finish your studies at the University of Rochester. After you have received your MCAT scores, your application should be complete and ready to go out to medical schools. The “glide year” follows; it is the period of time between completion of your academic preparation for medical school and the start of medical school itself.

The MCAT will be changing in the spring of 2015. The new exam will include questions about biochemistry, psychology, sociology, and basic statistics. The recently included areas may well affect the amount of time you will need to prepare for the exam, as well as affecting your schedule of courses in Rochester. In some cases, this may mean that students will need to enroll in a psychology or public health course. Nearly all students will need to also take biochemistry.

We’ll work with you to create an individualized program that suits your needs, as well as the requirements for medical school.

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